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    SubjectRe: [RFC] 2.5.8 sort kernel tables
    On Thu, Apr 18, 2002 at 03:20:17PM -0500, Oliver Xymoron wrote:
    > On Thu, 18 Apr 2002, William Lee Irwin III wrote:

    >> On Thu, Apr 18, 2002 at 07:46:26PM +1000, Keith Owens wrote:

    >>> The use of __init and __exit sections breaks the assumption that
    >>> tables such as __ex_table are sorted, it has already broken the
    >>> dbe table in mips on 2.5. This patch against 2.5.8 adds a generic
    >>> sort routine and sorts the i386 exception table. This sorting
    >>> needs to be extended to several other tables, to all
    >>> architectures, to modutils (insmod loads some of these tables for
    >>> modules) and back ported to 2.4. Before I spend the rest of the
    >>> time, any objections?

    >> It doesn't have to be an O(n lg(n)) method but could you use
    >> something besides bubblesort? Insertion sort, selection sort,
    >> etc. are just as easy and they don't have the horrific stigma of
    >> being "the worst sorting algorithm ever" etc.

    > Combsort is a trivial modification of bubblesort that's O(n log(n)).


    > Though we should probably just stick a simple qsort in the library
    > somewhere.

    but isn't qsort's worst case behaviour for an already sorted list? i
    cant remember how bad it is but i thought it was like O(n^2) for worst
    case, ie just as bad as bubble sort..

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